​Free software GNU/Linux laptop in development

ZDNet Open Source - ven, 19/12/2014 - 00:20
There are lots of Linux laptops, but none that have the Free Software Foundation's blessings. That may change.
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Software Patents Crumbling, Thanks to the Supreme Court - jeu, 18/12/2014 - 19:30
From the Crumble dept.:
The Supreme Court's June ruling on the patentability of software - its first in 33 years - raised as many questions at it answered. One specific software patent went down in flames in the case of Alice v. CLS Bank, but the abstract reasoning of the decision didn't provide much clarity on which other patents might be in danger.

Now a series of decisions from lower courts is starting to bring the ruling's practical practical consequences into focus. And the results have been ugly for fans of software patents. By my count there have been 10 court rulings on the patentability of software since the Supreme Court's decision - including six that were decided this month. Every single one of them has led to the patent being invalidated.
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Rackspace joins OpenPOWER

ZDNet Open Source - mer, 17/12/2014 - 16:35
What's one of the parent companies of OpenStack and a top private-cloud hosting companies doing in OpenPOWER? Helping to push open-source from software into hardware.
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The fall of GPL and the rise of permissive open-source licenses

ZDNet Open Source - mar, 16/12/2014 - 15:13
The GPL is still the world's most popular open-source license but it's declining in use, while permissive licenses are gaining more fans, and some developers are choosing to release code without any license at all.
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Must-have Linux desktop apps (Six Clicks)

ZDNet Open Source - ven, 12/12/2014 - 21:13
Who says you need a Mac or a Windows PC? With the right applications, a Linux desktop is every bit as good as either of the two mainstream desktop operating systems.
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VPN Resources & How to Watch Streaming Video Anywhere in the World - ven, 12/12/2014 - 16:30
How does a VPN work?

A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables a computer to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if it is directly connected to the private network, while benefiting from the functionality, security and management policies of the private network. A VPN is created by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, virtual tunneling protocols, or traffic encryptions.

A virtual private network connection across the Internet is similar to a wide area network (WAN) link between websites. From a user perspective, the extended network resources are accessed in the same way as resources available within the private network.

VPNs allow employees to securely access their company's intranet while traveling outside the office. Similarly, VPNs securely connect geographically separated offices of an organization, creating one cohesive network. VPN technology is also used by Internet users to connect to proxy servers for the purpose of protecting personal identity and location.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Beta is here

ZDNet Open Source - ven, 12/12/2014 - 13:42
Doesn't it seem like RHEL 7 just came out the other day? Well, brace yourself, the next version is already on its way.
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Parallels adopts Docker in next Cloud Server release

ZDNet Open Source - jeu, 11/12/2014 - 23:57
Parallels was working on containers before they were cool, and now the company is adding Docker support to Parallels Cloud Server.
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PHP 5.6.0 Released - jeu, 11/12/2014 - 21:00
From the "..." dept.:
The PHP Development Team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.6.0. This new version comes with new features, some backward incompatible changes and many improvements.

The main features of PHP 5.6.0 include:

Constant scalar expressions.
Variadic functions and argument unpacking using the ... operator.
Exponentiation using the ** operator.
Function and constant importing with the use keyword.
phpdbg as an interactive integrated debugger SAPI.
php://input is now reusable, and $HTTP_RAW_POST_DATA is deprecated.
GMP objects now support operator overloading.
File uploads larger than 2 gigabytes in size are now accepted.
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​Say hi to Linux's future: Fedora 21 is here

ZDNet Open Source - jeu, 11/12/2014 - 13:29
Red Hat's latest community Linux distribution, Fedora 21, is here and it offers a glimpse at Linux's future.
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Oracle Linux 7 - jeu, 11/12/2014 - 02:00
From the Rehash dept.:
Another of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) rebuilds has released its version of RHEL 7: Oracle Linux 7 for x86_64 is now available. It does add some features, including DTrace, Ksplice, and Xen.
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LibreSSL Initial Release - jeu, 11/12/2014 - 02:00
From the dept.:
The first release of LibreSSL portable has been released. LibreSSL can be found in the LibreSSL directory of your favorite OpenBSD mirror. has it, and other mirrors will soon.

libressl-2.0.0.tar.gz has been tested to build on various versions of Linux, Solaris, Mac OSX, and FreeBSD.

This is intended as an initial release to allow the community to start using and providing feedback. We will be adding support for other platforms as time and resources permit.
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CentOS 7 Released On X86_64 - jeu, 11/12/2014 - 01:30
From the x86 dept.:
Today, CentOS project unveiled CentOS Linux 7 for 64 bit x86 compatible machines. CentOS conforms fully with Red Hat's redistribution policy and aims to have full functional compatibility with the upstream product released in last month. The new version includes systemd, firewalld, GRUB2, LXC, docker, xfs instead of ext4 filesystem by default. The Linux kernel updated to 3.10.0, support for Linux Containers, 3d graphics drivers out of the box, OpenJDK 7, support for 40G Ethernet cards, installations in UEFI secure Boot mode on compatible hardware and more.
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Snappy Ubuntu challenges CoreOS and Project Atomic on lightweight cloud servers

ZDNet Open Source - mer, 10/12/2014 - 14:21
To make more efficient use of datacenters and cloud hardware, Ubuntu is creating a new, ultra-lightweight Ubuntu server.
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Open-source PaaS Cloud Foundry Foundation opens its doors

ZDNet Open Source - mar, 09/12/2014 - 19:32
There have long been community infrastructure-as-a-service projects such as OpenStack, and now there's a community platform-as-a-service project: Cloud Foundry.
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​Best Linux desktop of 2014: Linux Mint 17.1

ZDNet Open Source - mar, 09/12/2014 - 18:22
The new version of Mint may be the best Linux desktop ever. Heck, it may be the best desktop operating system ever, period.
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Committee begins review of High Priority Projects list -- your input is needed

Free Software Foundation - mar, 09/12/2014 - 00:40

This announcement was written by the FSF's volunteer High Priority Projects Committee.

Nine and a half years ago the first version of the High Priority Free Software Projects (HPP) list debuted with only four projects, three of them related to Java. Eighteen months later, Sun began to free Java users. The current HPP list includes fourteen categories mentioning over forty distinct projects. Computing is ever more ubiquitous and diverse, multiplying challenges to surmount in order for all computer users to be free.

Undoubtedly there are thousands of free software projects that are high priority, each having potential to displace non-free programs for many users, substantially increasing the freedom of those users. But the potential value of a list of High Priority Free Software Projects maintained by the Free Software Foundation is its ability to bring attention to a relatively small number of projects of great strategic importance to the goal of freedom for all computer users. Over the years the list has received praise and criticism -- frankly not nearly enough, given the importance of its aims -- and been rebooted. As the list approaches its tenth year, we aim to revitalize and rethink it, on an ongoing basis.

The first step has been to assemble a committee which will maintain the list, initially composed of the following free software activists: ginger coons, Máirín Duffy, Matthew Garrett, Benjamin Mako Hill, Mike Linksvayer, Lydia Pintscher, Karen Sandler, Seth Schoen, and Stefano Zacchiroli. The committee has drafted this announcement and the following plan.

We need your input! Send your suggestions of projects to Remember, we're looking for projects of great strategic importance to the goal of freedom for all computer users. If you wish, we encourage you to publish your thoughts independently (e.g., on your blog) and send a us a link. Keep in mind that not every project of great strategic importance to the goal of freedom for all computer users will be a software development project. If you believe other forms of activism, internal or external (e.g., making free software communities safe for diverse participants, mandating use of free software in the public sector), are most crucial, please make the case and suggest such a project!

Based on the received input, the current content of the list, and our own contributions, we will publish a substantially revised list and an analysis before LibrePlanet 2015 and expect a lively discussion at that event. If we are successful, we will have the immediate impact of bringing widespread coverage of free software movement strategy and the ongoing impact of garnering substantial attention and new effort for listed projects. (Note that we're also interested in outreach and measurement suggestions. A revised and maintained list is necessary but not sufficient for success.)

Finally, we've already made a few minor changes to the HPP list in order to fix long-standing issues that have been reported in the past. We are looking forward to your feedback at as we work on more substantial improvements!

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at and, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

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Free Software Foundation
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​Lollipop 5.01 review: The Android release we've been waiting for

ZDNet Open Source - sam, 06/12/2014 - 00:16
The bug-fix release of Android 5 is out, and all finally seems well with this eagerly anticipated release.
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Linux Foundation finds enterprise Linux growing at Windows' expense

ZDNet Open Source - mer, 03/12/2014 - 21:13
According to a new report from The Linux Foundation, Linux is leading Windows on both the cloud and in enterprise application deployments.
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Linux Foundation finds enterprise Linux growing at Windows' expense

ZDNet Open Source - mer, 03/12/2014 - 21:13
According to a new report from The Linux Foundation, Linux is leading Windows on both the cloud and in enterprise application deployments.
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